OSHA Seek Comments on Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare, Social Assistance Settings

PUBLISHED: Dec 13, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking input on whether to propose a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance settings. The agency has also scheduled a public meeting on Jan. 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to discuss strategies for reducing incidents of violence in these workplaces.

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report found that the rate of workplace violence against employees providing healthcare and social assistance services is substantially higher than private industry as a whole. In the report, GAO also recommended that OSHA assess the need for rulemaking to address this hazard. OSHA’s Request for Information (RFI) seeks public comments on the extent and nature of workplace violence in the industry and the effectiveness and feasibility of methods used to prevent such violence.

See the Federal Register Notice (link below) for comment submission details. The submission deadline is April 6, 2017.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

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